Yoga is a philosophy of living that had its genesis many thousands of years ago in India. It is the oldest and most holistic system of fitness for both the mind-body. Yoga is the union of physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through Yoga one can find and achieve tranquillity, concentration, and clarity, with physical health and fitness.
Today, as we celebrate International Yoga Day, it also coincides with June 21st- the longest day of the year. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of this commemoration at the UN General Assembly in his speech.
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.An anecdocte from PM Modi’s speech at the UN General Assembly, 2014
Yoga’s ingenuity merely does not extend to the physique or the outer body. It helps to correct the inner workings, and hormonal dysfunctions, and massages the glands and internal organs as well. It is an equal combination of both poses ‘asanas’ and breathing ‘shwasa’. This coordinated system of breathing helps to relax the mind and the body whilst stimulating the flow of oxygen increasing circulation to all tissues. (Source: The Book of Stress Survival)
Due to a fast-paced lifestyle, inactivity, desk jobs, erratic food habits, tiredness, and even incorrect posture at work can be reversed with Yoga. This is not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of Yoga. Relaxation of both mind and body is intrinsic to Yoga and necessary for a balanced, harmonious, and stress-free life.
The best accompaniment to Yoga is meditation. Meditation is by far, the best stress-reliever solution. It has been popular for approximately 2,500 years. Its chief appeal lies in its simplicity and its undoubted belief.
It can quieten the ‘chatter’ of the brain, eliminating extraneous, intrusive, and stressful thoughts. Meditation relies on the close links between the mind and the body. Research has also proven that meditation expands brain function by maintaining a balance between two hemispheres, the left and right brain. The optimum health levels of individuals are determined when both the hemispheres are coordinated.